TVP of­fers good value for money

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PLANNING MATTERS -

THAMES Val­ley Po­lice has been named one of the best value forces in Eng­land and Wales.

Data pub­lished by Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary (HMIC) shows that it costs 45p a day for ev­ery per­son looked after by the force.

This works out at £164.69 per per­son in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year and 3p a day per per­son more than the least ex­pen­sive forces in the coun­try.

Lin­colnshire and Wilt­shire po­lice forces are the cheap­est in the coun­try, each cost­ing 42p a day for each per­son un­der their pro­tec­tion.

Na­tion­ally the av­er­age cost to run a po­lice force was 55p per per­son in Eng­land and Wales in 2014-15.

The re­port sum­mary states: “Forces need to move from sur­viv­ing bud­get re­duc­tions to thriv­ing in a world of sus­tained cost re­duc­tion.

“Ef­fi­ciency is not some­thing that forces should feel is im­posed on them as a re­luc­tant ad­di­tion to polic­ing.

“It should run through all polic­ing; that has al­ways been the case.

“Never be­fore was it more im­por­tant than it is to­day.”

The most ex­pen­sive po­lice force in the coun­try was the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice at 88p per per­son, fol­lowed by Mersey­side and Cleve­land forces.

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